Eric Hage’s talent on the tennis court didn’t take him to Wimbledon, but it did pave the way to an internship with a general contractor. That internship led to a career in commercial construction and then eventually, his current position with KDC.
During one of Dallas’ sweltering summers, Eric was teaching youth tennis, where a student’s father suggested that Eric might want to consider an internship with a general contractor. He spent the next two summers interning with Turner Construction, and after graduating from college, he took on a full-time superintendent position with the Dallas-based general contractor.
Though Eric had initially planned to pursue law, the internship at Turner Construction changed his mind. “It was a revelation,” he says. “I realized how much I liked the construction industry and how much I didn’t want to sit in a law library for several years of my life.”
As an executive vice president of development for KDC, Eric has a wide range of responsibilities including business development, client management, and positioning and guiding the company’s team to ensure future success. The role leverages his deep knowledge of the Metroplex’s commercial real estate market, his affinity for relationship building, and his commitment to client service.
I believe that protecting the client is the ultimate priority of any project and that developing trusted relationships with my clients is the foundation for ensuring successful outcomes. I try to instill this client service-driven mindset in my team, as well as my partners and vendors.
Prior to joining KDC, Eric briefly ran his own commercial construction company, Hage Construction, before KDC lured him over to the development side of the business. In total, Eric has 18 years of general contracting experience including more than five years with Turner Construction and more than a decade with Structure Tone, one of the country’s largest, privately held commercial construction companies.
While at Structure Tone, Eric served as a regional vice president, where he managed a book of business exceeding $300 million annually and oversaw a team of 120 professionals. While at Structure Tone, Eric also held the titles of vice president of business development and director of business development.
Eric has been involved in some of the Metroplex’s largest and most notable and high-profile corporate developments including Tenet Healthcare’s headquarters in Farmers Branch, American Airlines headquarters in Grapevine, and Oncor Energy’s 200,000-square-foot offices in Fort Worth.
Prior to joining Structure Tone, Eric spent more than five years at Turner Construction. He began his career as an assistant field superintendent, holding many additional positions throughout his career, such as project engineer, estimator, purchasing, business development, and office leader.
A native Texan, Eric was born and raised in Dallas. His roots in the Metroplex have allowed him to build strong relationships with the real estate community and corporate occupiers. Starting early on in his career, Eric understood the importance of building relationships and maintaining open and honest communication.
“I believe that protecting the client is the ultimate priority of any project and that developing trusted relationships with my clients is the foundation for ensuring successful outcomes,” Eric says. “I try to instill this client service-driven mindset in my team, as well as my partners and vendors.”
Eric’s fondest memory, not to mention a life-changing moment, occurred while he was attending the University of Richmond. It was there he met an international exchange student from Guadalajara, Mexico named Alejandrina. They are now married and share three young children – Lucas, Nina, and Greta.
Eric’s free time involves playing basketball with his son and spending time with his two daughters. He also enjoys cooking, particularly pasta and Asian recipes he learned from his Chinese mother, and though tennis was the sport of his youth, he now prefers golf and other racquet-using sports including racquetball and squash.
Eric has an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Richmond.